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Informational Webinar: Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition
What: Stage Two Prep: Badge Systems Models & Design
Who Should Attend: Potential Stage Two applicants
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2012
When: 1pm EST / 10am PST
Duration: 60 minutes
Register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/534182006

The HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation’s Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, launched in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, focuses on badges as a means to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment, or validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills.

During this live webinar for prospective Stage Two badge design applicants, Erin Knight of Mozilla Foundation’s Open Badges project will delve deeper into the badge conversation and explore badge system design and development considerations. Webinar hosts will review different models of existing badge systems and discuss general guidelines and best practices.

Advanced registration recommended, but not required. The webinar will open at 12:45 PM EST to allow registrants time to establish access to the webinar.

Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing dml@hri.uci.edu with “webinar question” in the subject line.

Stage Two (Design & Tech) Webinar: Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | December 15, 2011 @ 1pm EST

The HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation’s Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, launched in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, focuses on badges as a means to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment, or validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills.

During this live webinar for prospective Stage Two badge design applicants, we will delve deeper into the badge conversation and explore badge system design and development considerations. We will review different models of existing badge systems and discuss general guidelines and best practices. We will also walk prospective applicants through content, technological and team characteristics that should be considered when developing a badge system and putting together a proposal for Stage Two.

To learn more about the Badges Competition and the Research Competition, visit http://dmlcompetition.net.

Time: 1pm EST / 10am PST
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/953618150

Advanced registration recommended, but not required. Webinar will open at 2:45 PM EST to allow registrants time to establish access to the webinar.

Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing dml@hri.uci.edu and including “webinar question” in the subject line.

Stage Two of the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Now Accepting Applications

The 4th HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition will begin accepting Stage Two applications from organizations, teams, or individuals skilled in designing digital badge systems for Stage One winners’ and official Competition collaborators learning content. Submissions for Stage Two are due no later than January 17, 2012 at 8pm EST / 5pm PST.
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BADGES FOR LIFELONG LEARNING COMPETITION

Badges Competition (three stages)

Awards: $10,000 to $200,000

This year’s Competition, held in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, is designed to encourage the creation of digital badges and badge systems that support, identify, recognize, measure, and account for new skills, competencies, knowledge, and achievements for 21st century learners wherever and whenever learning takes place. There are three stages: Stage Two finalists will be matched with finalists from Stage One, ultimately forming a collaborative Stage Three team. It is this collaborative Stage Three proposal that is subject to award. Institutional/organizational applicants from outside of the United States are welcome to apply.

View the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition timeline here.

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STAGE TWO: BADGE DESIGN AND TECH
Call for badge design, technology, and assessment

Opening: December 12, 2011
Deadline: January 17, 2012 at 5pm PST/ 8pm PST
View the complete Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Stage Two call for proposals here.
Additional information about the Mozilla Foundation’s Open Badges infrastructure available here.
Informational Webinar on Badge Systems Design and Models with Q&A: Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 1pm EST. Register for the webinar here.

Stage Two (design and technology stage) seeks organizations, teams, or individuals skilled in the design of badge systems and implementation of badge technology to submit early prototypes for badging systems based on the learning content or programs developed by winning applicants from Stage One and official Competition collaborators.**

Application requirements:
Applications should propose full badge systems and will include badges or sets of badges, assessments, and the technology required to issue, manage, and track or measure performance. Visual materials that graphically represent the proposed badge system, as well as a 1,500 word written description of how the badge system will perform. Stage Two design and tech applicants should describe the badge system they want to build, referring to and describing the characteristics listed here in their written proposal. Applications are due no later than January 17, 2012 at 5pm PST/8pm PST.

Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure makes it easy to issue, display, and manage badges, and as such platforms proposed by Stage Two applicants must work within the Open Badge Infrastructure standards and APIs (http://openbadges.org). Applicants are also encouraged to develop software and widgets that extend the Open Badge Infrastructure. Full information about Mozilla’s OBI, including a beta release, supporting documentation, etc. can be accessed at http://openbadges.org.

Submissions will be displayed online for public comment and assessed by an expert panel of judges before winners are matched with content and programs teams from Stage One.

Who should apply: Organizations, teams, or individuals skilled in design that are interested in submitting an early prototype for badge systems. These applicants will focus their designs on the content and programs proposed by either winning Stage One applicants or Digital Media and Learning Competition Collaborators (including Intel, Microsoft, NASA, Department of Education, American Library Association, Department of Labor, Department of Veteran Affairs, and more)**.

**(NOTE: Badge design and tech applicants that do not use approved content or programs from Stage One or collaborators’ content can still submit their design proposals at this stage, using any content to demonstrate their proposed badge systems. Keep in mind, however, that any successful Stage Two proposals will be matched with winning content from Stage One or collaborator content for collaborating in Stage Three.

Connect with the Digital Media and Learning Competition:

HASTAC Badges Group
Badges for Lifelong Learning on Scoop.it
Twitter: @dmlcomp
Twitter Hashtags: #dmlbadges and #openbadges
DMLComp on Facebook
DML Comp on Google+
DML Comp on LinkedIn
DMLCompNews listserv: Subscribe by sending an email to dmlcompnews-request@duke.edu with “subscribe” in the subject line.

Stage One Winners Advance to Next Stage of Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition

December 5, 2011—The HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition today announced the 60 winners of Stage One of the Competition. For the list of winners, see www.dmlcompetition.net.  The Competition is held in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, and is part of the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition funded by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC.  The Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition is designed to encourage the creation of digital badges and badge systems that support, identify, recognize, measure, and account for new skills, competencies, knowledge, and achievements for 21st century learners wherever and whenever learning takes place.

Stage One applicants were asked to submit ideas for compelling learning content, activities, or programs for which a badge or set of badges would be useful for recognizing learning that takes place in a particular area or topic. Winning applications represent a wide array of public and private institutions and organizations from around the world, including museums, non-profits, after-school programs, research institutions and for-profit companies. Proposed content for badge systems address a breadth of topics—from the promotion of civic engagement and community volunteerism, to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) learning in and out of the classroom, to digital literacy, to workforce preparedness and beyond. Winning applications are available for public perusal and commenting at www.dmlcompetition.net.

Based on response in Stage Two, winners of Stage One may be paired with winning badge design/technology teams for the opportunity to work collaboratively on developing a badge system to be judged in Stage Three. Stage Two, which seeks badge system design and tech proposals that respond to Stage One winning content or content from one of the Competition’s official Collaborators—including the Department of Education, the Department of Veteran Affairs, Microsoft, Intel, NASA, the American Library Association and more–opens on December 12, 2011. Full information can be found at www.dmlcompetition.net.

Stage One Winners:

Jodi Asbell-Clarke, TERC, Canada
Steven Atneosen, DebateHall, United States
Michelle Aubrecht, Ohio State University, United States
Michelle Baldwin, Hands on Atlanta, United States
Jennifer Schwarz Ballard, Chicago Botanic Garden, United States
John Bell, ICD, University of Maine, United States
Jesse Blom, Sweet Water Foundation Inc., United States
Michael Braithwaite, Providence After School Alliance (PASA), United States
Rebecca Bray, Smithsonian Institution – NMNH, United States
Kaye Buchman, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, United States
Michael Capobianco, MOUSE Inc., United States
Jeanne Century, Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education, Physical Sciences Division, University of Chicago, United States
Tara Chklovski, Iridescent, United States
Jean-Philippe Choinière, Scolab, Canada
Ruth Cohen, American Museum of Natural History, United States
Bill Dahl, PlantingScience/Botanical Society of America, United States
DigitalMe, DigitalMe, Great Britain
Angela Elkordy, Eastern Michigan University, United States
Lucy Erickson, Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund, Great Britain
Michael Furdyk, TakingITGlobal, Canada
David Gagnon, ARIS Project – University of Wisconsin – Madison, United States
Stephen Gilman, Center for Creative Education, United States
Steve Goldenberg, Interfolio Inc., United States
Laura Gordon, WNET, United States
Kelly Gorman, Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, United States
Diana Graber, CyberWise, United States
Tene’ Gray, Digital Youth Network, United States
Ian Guest, Sheffield High School, Great Britain
Susan Harris, University of Southern California Joint Educational Project, United States
Ross Higashi, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, United States
Jude Higdon, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, United States
Marisa Jahn, People’s Production House, United States
Dolly Joseph, Computers4Kids, United States
Edward Keller, Parsons The New School For Design, School of Design Strategies, United States
Gene Koo, iCivics, Inc., United States
Denise LaBuda, Economic Independence Group, LLC, United States
Joey J. Lee, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States
Peter Levine, Tisch College, Tufts University, United States
Daniel Rees Lewis, Design for America, United States
Jeremy Liu, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, United States
Laurina Isabella Lyle, Project WET Foundation, United States
Bruce Mason, American Association of Physics Teachers, United States
Stephanie Norby, Smithsonian Center for Education & Museum Studies, United States
Joanna Normoyle, Agricultural Sustainability Institute at University of California, Davis, United States
Susi Owusu, 10:10, Great Britain
Brett Pierce, Steel River Productions, Inc., United States
Arun Prabhakaran, Urban Affairs Coalition, United States
Katie Rast, Fab Lab, United States
Justine Richardson, MATRIX/Michigan State University, United States
Jon Rosewell, The Open University, Great Britain
Richard Scullin, MobileEd.org, United States
Eric Schwarz, Citizen Schools, United States
Deborah Sliter, National Environmental Education Foundation, United States
Jennifer Sly, Minnesota Historical Society, United States
Lonny Stern, STEM Council at Skillpoint Alliance, United States
Spencer Striker, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, United States
Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Muhlenberg College, United States
Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, United States
Maya Wiseman, Bottled City Project, Germany
Christopher Wisniewski, Museum of the Moving Image, United States

Enter Stage One of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition: Applications Due Today

How many words does it take to describe your learning content? Applications for Stage One of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition require a 1000-word written proposal (plus optional additional material if you need). The clock is ticking for today’s deadline (8pm EST/5pm PST), but there’s still time to apply.

Take a look at the call for proposals below to see if your organization has material to be a Stage One contender. Need some ideas to get you going? Check our Badges Competition page to see the kind of learning content proposed by other organizations, or  browse our Collaborators’ content to see what they posted. In conjunction with the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, applicants are invited to propose badging systems not only for learning content, but also for teacher learning and feedback. Competitive submissions proposing badge systems that track and promote feedback regarding the competencies and skills as well as the programs and subjects over which teachers acquire expertise will be a central part of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 processes of the Competition. The winning proposal(s) will be awarded funding to develop the proposed badging system.

Stage 1: Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition

At Stage 1, educators applying to the Competition submit proposals describing subject and content matter for a teacher badge system that recognizes, rewards and offers peer feedback to teachers regarding mastery of capacities and skills. Submissions require a 1000 word written proposal and can include optional supplementary materials that help visualize the proposed badging system. These materials should include systems for recognizing and rewarding some of the capacities, skills and content they believe are needed to effectively teach math, literacy, or digital literacy skills and/or to effectively teach to the Common Core State Standards. For example, giving feedback to students; developing complex skills; or skills needed to teach in an environment that privileges digital or online learning. Deadline for Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition Stage 1: December 5, 2011, 5pm PST/8pm EST.